Kayaking with Phoenix Canoe Club


Kayaking is at the heart of the Phoenix Outdoor Centre – a fun activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.  We have a wide range of craft to suit everyone, including a fleet of 42 Dagger GT series kayaks which suit beginners up to intermediate whitewater paddlers.  Most of our kayaking courses for the public are run through the Phoenix Canoe Club on Sundays (see dates and costs below), however, we can provide bespoke courses for groups of any size at a time convenient to you.  Young people from 9 -16 can also access kayaking courses through our School Holiday scheme “Camp Phoenix”.

We provide kayaking sessions for schools and groups, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out more.


Our youth courses are run through  “Camp Phoenix” during the school holidays and you can find out more by clicking here or download the Camp Phoenix 2016 flyer.  Participants are able to continue kayaking through membership to the Club which meets most Sunday afternoons.


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The Phoenix Canoe Club and Outdoor Centre in association with Royal Yachting Association “Push the Boat Out” & British Canoeing “National Go Canoeing Week”, are running a weekend of “Starter Sessions” in Kayaking, Sailing and Windsurfing on 13th, 16th, 18th and 21st May 2017 for anyone from age 9-99.

Download a printer friendly version: Phoenix Push the Boat Out 2017 advert

Saturday 13th May 2017                Sunday 21st May 2017

Session 1 – 10.00–11.30am          Session 1 – 10.00–11.30am

Session 2 – 12.00 – 1.30pm         Session 2 – 12.00–1.30pm

Session 3 – 2.00 – 3.30pm          Session 3 – 2.00–3.30pm

Tuesday 16th May 2017 – 7.00 – 8.30pm

Thursday 18th May 2017 – 7.00 – 8.30pm

The cost for the session is £10 per person for kayaking, sailing or windsurfing, which is refundable if you sign up for a Phoenix introductory course. All sessions must be pre-booked and paid for online.

Please arrive 20 minutes before the session starts to book in and get changed. Allow at least 20 minutes after the session as well.


  • T shirt or sweat shirt
  • Shorts or tracksuit trousers
  • Old trainers, sandals or wetsuit boots
  • Hat / suntan lotion if sunny
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to go home in
  • Money for drinks / snacks
  • WebCollect printed booking voucher

We will supply dinghy or windsurfer, kayak and paddles plus cagoule and buoyancy aid. You will be in a coached group for the whole session.

For more information contact:

mark@phoenixoutdoorcentre.co.uk – Sailsport

phil@phoenixoutdoorcentre.co.uk – Kayaking

Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (parents can be on or off the water)  Spaces are limited – first come, first served.

Book onto a Starter Session here:

Kayak, Sail, Windsurf Starter Sessions 2017











This teaches the foundation strokes used in kayaking and canoeing and is a basic introduction to the sport. The first session starts at 10:00am and finishes around 4:00pm. The second session is a river trip which is normally run on the Grand Union Canal at Harefield and we meet at the club house at 10:00am and return around 5:30pm.

We ask that you attend both sessions of the course to avoid affecting the group’s and your own progress. If you don’t manage to reach the standard of 1 star during the two days we will offer further coaching to ensure you reach the required level. For further information you can read the One Star syllabus on Canoe England’s website and see more information about the courses by downloading PCC One Star Courses 2017

Cost: £90 – BC One star course including free membership up to 31 March ’18 for 9-17 year olds and full time students

Cost: £110 – BC One star course including free membership up to 31 March ’18 for seniors (18+)

Course Dates for 2017:

  • Course A – 23rd & 30th April 2017
  • Course B – 11th & 18th June 2017
  • Course C – 9th & 16th July 2017
  • Course D – 10th & 17th September 2017

All above courses include the following:

  • Use of club equipment
  • 2 x 6 hours coaching
  • Award assessment and BC 1* Certificate
  • Club membership up to the 31st March 2018

Some comments from new members on the Introductory One Star courses in 2013 (taken from a satisfaction survey in Oct 2013)

“Lovely friendly club. Instructors very patient”.

“A brilliantly led course. I felt safe and fully briefed at all times. It was challenging for me but am so pleased I did it as it gave me a sense of achievement”.

“A very friendly welcoming club for a beginner”.

“I have been very impressed by the skilled and friendly coaches who give such enthusiastic and dedicated service to the club. They create a really nice and welcoming atmosphere. I hope in time I will be able to find a way to give something back to the club. I also really like the mix of ages of the people kayaking together and am appreciative that an older beginner like myself is welcomed”.

“Great course. Thanks to the team for giving up their time so generously”.

“Really enjoyable. Fun and very friendly, welcoming club”.

Book the Introductory One Star course here:

Introductory One Star Kayak Courses 2017










The Two Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water.  The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact.

The award is obtained by taking an assessment in both a kayak and a canoe and you can choose which you want to treat as your main craft.  Holders of the Two Star are able to take part in a wider choice of club activities including trips to the River Wye, River Derwent, Lee Valley Whitewater Centre, Introductory Surf Course and the Foundation Safety & Rescue Training.

The river trip and assessment will be held at either the Fisheries on the Grand Union Canal or the River Beane at Hertford and a contribution towards petrol costs will be required.

We will have a good selection of club coaches to get the best out of you on the course and we see this as a big stepping stone in your paddling.

Check out the full Two Star syllabus here.

Cost: £70 – Two Star course for 9-17 year olds and full time students (£90 for non-members)

Cost: £90 – Two Star course for seniors (18+) (£110 for non-members)

Course Dates for 2017:

  • Course A – Sundays 19th, 26th March and 2nd April 2017 (River Trip & assessment Saturday 15th April)
  • Course B – Sundays 24th September, 1st, 15th October 2017 (River Trip and assessment Sunday 5th November)

Book the Two Star course here:

Two Star Courses 2017


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Our kayak sessions are in up to 2 hour slots and can be tailored to suit your schools or groups requirements and can include activities linked to the Key Stages curriculum.  On the first session, we start with a thorough safety briefing and get everyone kitted out with buoyancy aids, kayaks and paddles.  We cover how to use paddles, capsize drill and parameters of the session before we get on the water.  On the water, the first session normally covers forward and backward paddling, emergency stops, turning on the spot, followed by a few challenges and some team games such as Bulldog or Water Polo.

Sessions can be a “one-off” taster, such as above, or a series of sessions leading to a British Canoeing award.  For the BC One Star we would recommend 4 x 2 hour sessions (Primary Schools) or 3 x 2 hour sessions (Senior Schools).  The journey element can be done around the reservoir, or at extra cost, we can meet your group at the Grand Union Canal, Harefield for a river trip, finishing off on some moving water.  We can provide the BCU Two Star award for Senior Schools over a period of 6 x 2 hour sessions and you will need an additional river trip added to cover the journey element.  To access higher levels of the BCU Awards system, we would recommend joining the Phoenix Canoe Club who run regular training trips to UK white water rivers including the Lee Valley White Water Centre plus some exciting expeditions overseas.

Check out our Schools and Groups Price List 2016 or for more details and bookings contact:

Centre Activities Manager – Mark Underwood – 07854 655968 / mark@phoenixoutdoorcentre.co.uk

Centre Organiser – Phil Atkinson – 07837 585798 / phil@phoenixoutdoorcentre.co.uk


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